Meta India Policy Chief Rajiv Aggarwal Joins Samsung In A Tech Policy Role: Report

Rajiv Aggarwal, Meta Platform Inc.’s, former policy head for India, is set to take a similar role at Samsung Electronics Co.’s India unit, quoting sources privy to the matter news agency Bloomberg reported. Aggarwal will take up the position, which entails liaising with and lobbying government officials on domestic policy matters, from December, one of the sources said.

According to the report, he is joining one of the most successful foreign multinationals in India, a top seller of smartphones as well as other electronics. The executive was among several key executives to depart Meta’s local operations this year, as US internet giants including Alphabet Inc.’s Google grapple with increasingly stringent oversight of content.

Aggarwal, an engineer by training, was previously head of South Asia policy with Uber Technologies Inc.

Aggarwal didn’t respond to messages and a call seeking by Bloomberg for comment. Samsung representatives also didn’t respond to an email seeking comment.

On Tuesday, Meta said Aggarwal and Abhijit Bose, the head of WhatsApp in India, had resigned. The announcement came just a fortnight after Meta’s India head Ajit Mohan resigned from the tech giant to join rival Snap Inc. in a key position.

Announcing Aggarwal and Bose’s exits, Meta said it remained “deeply committed to India as its priority” and that their resignations were “completely unrelated to the recent news cycles”, alluding to the US tech giant’s move to cut 11,000 jobs or 13 per cent of its workforce globally.

According to Wall Street Journal, in his latest meeting with senior executives, Zuckerberg is said to have confirmed “broad cuts” across the company. Employees who lose their jobs would be provided at least four months of salary as a severance.

Aggarwal takes up the public policy role at Samsung at a time Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stepped up efforts to make the South Asian nation a force in electronics manufacturing like neighbouring China.

Samsung has been a key beneficiary of financial incentives that have helped India become the world’s second-biggest maker of mobiles. Rival Apple Inc. has also expanded production in India, crossing $1 billion in iPhone exports this year.

Aggarwal’s move also coincides with India trying to achieve chip sovereignty by making semiconductors locally, and the government pushing back against Chinese smartphone makers.